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The PartMaker division of Delcam Plc. is shipping PartMaker version 2013 software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mills and Swiss-type lathes. Among other enhancements, the software features a revamped surface machining module that offers CAM machining algorithms for three-, four- and five-axis simultaneous milling operations on a variety of machining platforms, including CNC mills, turn-mills, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes.
The software is said to be well-suited for production machining applications. Its advanced surface machining (ASM) functionality is based on the same technology and algorithms as Delcam’s PowerMill. The ASM functionality is designed to machine complex parts, especially those in the medical device and aerospace industries. It is also well-suited for for high-end milling, the company says. It replaces PartMaker’s surface machining wizard (SMW) module for three-, four- and five-axis machining. ASM is designed to enable faster toolpath calculation, greater tool control and improved surface finishes, among other benefits.
The restyled user interface features a job explorer tree that is designed to ease and speed navigation of machining function face windows and part features. Controls have been added to make working even more intuitive, and diagrams have been recast. While the user interface has been enhanced, the software has retained its traditional work flow, so users will not have to relearn the software, the company says.
Delcam’s Vortex high speed machining strategies (as part of ASM) are included in the update. The Vortex area-clearance strategy is developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, particularly those designs that can cut deeper by using the full flute length as the cutting surface, the company says. It can be used for 2.5- and three-axis roughing, 3+2-axis area clearance and rest machining.